Best outer space game?

MightyUncleanMightyUnclean Member RarePosts: 1,676
Hey guys, I'm currently in the mood for a good space game.  I'm open on genre.  Which modern game offers the best experience?  I've been considering Stellaris, Elite:  Dangerous and No Man's Sky so far.  NMS seems pricey at $60 on Steam, though.  Thanks for any info!


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  • MadFrenchieMadFrenchie Nashville, TNMember EpicPosts: 2,219
    edited September 14
    If you have a joystick/HOTAS, Elite: Dangerous is pretty atmospheric imo.  It's lonely out in space.  And dogfights are intense as hell.

    Stellaris lets you create your own species, down to the government type and ethics (i.e. how accepting they are of alien races living among them), the look (and there are tons of mods out there for the species frames), the name, even their ideal habitat.  And that's all before you even generate the map and start the campaign.  It's a pretty cool strategy game.
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  • MightyUncleanMightyUnclean Member RarePosts: 1,676
    OK, thanks!  I only have a keyboard and mouse for input.  I'm afraid flight in E:D might me a little complex for my tastes.  Stellaris sounds like a more relaxing experience.
  • postlarvalpostlarval Member EpicPosts: 1,510
    edited September 14
    Kerbal Space Program

    Laugh your ass off while killing off your Kerbals, one by one.

    If you want a peek into the physics behind the game, read this: https://github.com/mhoram-kerbin/ksp-physics-documentation/releases
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  • MightyUncleanMightyUnclean Member RarePosts: 1,676
    Kerbal Space Program

    Laugh your ass off while killing off your Kerbals, one by one.

    If you want a peek into the physics behind the game, read this: https://github.com/mhoram-kerbin/ksp-physics-documentation/releases

    I watched a review of this.  So many dead, little green men!
  • ZzadZzad SPAINMember UncommonPosts: 1,388
    i love NMS,but get it on sale.
    I`m also playing Everspace, a nice space rogue like shooter
  • MaxBaconMaxBacon Figueira da FozMember EpicPosts: 3,956
    OK, thanks!  I only have a keyboard and mouse for input.  I'm afraid flight in E:D might me a little complex for my tastes.  Stellaris sounds like a more relaxing experience.
    Stellaris for more relaxing, NMS for more casual, would work out.
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  • GdemamiGdemami Member EpicPosts: 10,742
    OK, thanks!  I only have a keyboard and mouse for input.  I'm afraid flight in E:D might me a little complex for my tastes.  Stellaris sounds like a more relaxing experience.
    ED is absolutely fine with k+m.
    thunderC
  • Octagon7711Octagon7711 Chicago, ILMember EpicPosts: 5,512
    Had a lot of fun with Rebel Galaxy.

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  • GruntyGrunty TexasMember RarePosts: 8,111
    edited September 14
    While I enjoy No Man's Sky I have to say it's more about roaming around on various planets than it is about space.  Space in NMS is a means to get to all the planets along with an occasional dog fight. 

    Elite Dangerous is more about space with the occasional moon walk.
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  • LustsLusts FloridaMember UncommonPosts: 64
    OK, thanks!  I only have a keyboard and mouse for input.  I'm afraid flight in E:D might me a little complex for my tastes.  Stellaris sounds like a more relaxing experience.
    I play Elite: Dangerous on mouse & keyboard and trust me, it's pretty friendly on M/KB users.  Just be sure to do the tutorial missions before stepping into the actual game to learn what the controls are. There are a ton of control options, but the tutorial will tell you the important things you need to know.
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  • MadFrenchieMadFrenchie Nashville, TNMember EpicPosts: 2,219
    Lusts said:
    OK, thanks!  I only have a keyboard and mouse for input.  I'm afraid flight in E:D might me a little complex for my tastes.  Stellaris sounds like a more relaxing experience.
    I play Elite: Dangerous on mouse & keyboard and trust me, it's pretty friendly on M/KB users.  Just be sure to do the tutorial missions before stepping into the actual game to learn what the controls are. There are a ton of control options, but the tutorial will tell you the important things you need to know.
    True, I didn't mean to imply E:D is impossible without a joystick, but it's a much more immersive experience when you have the joystick or a HOTAS.  I feel the same about all first person simulator type games.

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  • ScorchienScorchien Hatboro, PAMember EpicPosts: 3,846
    If you are looking for a 4x space game , nothing even comes close to Distant Worlds , All 4x are measured by DW and to date there is nothing at its level .....

                           http://store.steampowered.com/app/261470/Distant_Worlds_Universe/

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  • EldurianEldurian Member EpicPosts: 1,588
    If you want to try an old classic check out Freelancer. It's a very old game at this point but it was the absolute best of it's time, and for many years afterward. Has a fairly fun singleplayer and the multiplayer was amazing for the time, featuring an open universe you can freely roam and run into other players.

    This site is the most active multiplayer community left: https://discoverygc.com/forums/index.php

    It features instructions on how to download the original game and their mod. I would play through the singleplayer campaign before messing with the mod as it the mod makes singleplayer unplayable.
  • GorweGorwe Ald'RuhnMember RarePosts: 3,977
    Depends on what you're looking for:

    1. EvE Online
    2. Starfleet Command 3
    3. Darkstar One
    4. Freelancer / Privateer
    5. Elite: Dangerous
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  • SedrynTyrosSedrynTyros USMember EpicPosts: 1,761
    Scorchien said:
    If you are looking for a 4x space game , nothing even comes close to Distant Worlds , All 4x are measured by DW and to date there is nothing at its level .....

                           http://store.steampowered.com/app/261470/Distant_Worlds_Universe/

    Thanks for the tip.

    These types of threads are great. I always come away with some good ideas for future games to play.
    Scorchien
  • AlbatroesAlbatroes Member EpicPosts: 3,265
    Osiris: New Dawn is still in EA but its actually shaping up quite nicely and is currently discounted on steam if you wanted to check it out
  • MadFrenchieMadFrenchie Nashville, TNMember EpicPosts: 2,219
    Albatroes said:
    Osiris: New Dawn is still in EA but its actually shaping up quite nicely and is currently discounted on steam if you wanted to check it out
    That one has beautiful visuals, but I can't get into survival games. :(

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  • LustsLusts FloridaMember UncommonPosts: 64
    Albatroes said:
    Osiris: New Dawn is still in EA but its actually shaping up quite nicely and is currently discounted on steam if you wanted to check it out
    Someone made an argument about No Man's Sky that could be applied to Osiris as well. It's more of a planet survival game than a space game. Space in No Man's Sky is just pretty much filler and most of your activity is spent planetside unfortunately.
  • WarWitchWarWitch charlotte, NCMember UncommonPosts: 139
    STO  space is still fun but you have to get to the end game for it to shine.

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  • john25301john25301 Belle, WVMember UncommonPosts: 11
    Had a lot of fun with Rebel Galaxy.
    Great music in that game.
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  • TheScavengerTheScavenger Matrix, NYMember RarePosts: 1,979
    Scorchien said:
    If you are looking for a 4x space game , nothing even comes close to Distant Worlds , All 4x are measured by DW and to date there is nothing at its level .....

                           http://store.steampowered.com/app/261470/Distant_Worlds_Universe/

    This would be my recommendation too. Distant Worlds is the 4x of 4x games. And while its expensive (and cheapest I've seen it only goes to 30 dollars), its worth every penny. Not just in my top favorite strategy games, but in my top 5 favorite games of all time.

    My other recommendation would be Elite Dangerous. There is a large portion of people who use keyboard/mouse but it takes a lot of customization+fiddling with settings to get it to your liking. Personally I use a controller, but it isn't really required.

    It isn't really action packed, but (and this is what I've read it similar as)...Euro/American Truck Simulator...BUT IN SPACE...so if you don't like euro/american truck simulator (its very relaxing to me, but not for everyone), probably best to skip it. Unless the fact Elite Dangerous is in space and that makes it up to you.

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  • TheScavengerTheScavenger Matrix, NYMember RarePosts: 1,979
    If you want a more "casual" and arcadey "space" game, there is Starbound. But most of the game takes place on planets, so it seems more sci-fi than space focused. I only bring it up because you can add so much to it with mods, that it really adds a lot to the game.

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  • johnjecjohnjec Veradale, WAMember UncommonPosts: 19
    Eve Online and NMS are worlds apart in depth and gameplay. It depends on what you're looking for. NMS is fine for casual play. It's fairly straightforward and mildly entertaining. Eve Online is something completely different. EO has an incredibly steep learning curve BUT you will be rewarded with a game that will feel as though it truly exists in an alternate reality. EO is a game that takes literally weeks/months to familiarize yourself with but there is NOTHING out there that compares or comes close to the depth of play that EO offers. I played it for years and have no regrets. One important differentiation is that NMS has NO PVP. Eve Online is ALL about PVP. Oh, I suppose you can hide out in high security space and mine rocks but EOs very nature is to interact with other players. Super intense. Hope that helps.
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